Can RFID Microchips Be Used in Drones?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Microchips Be Used in Drones?
RFID Journal Staff asked 4 years ago

If so, what companies make them?

—Julius

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Julius,

I am unsure whether you want to track drones with an RFID transponder or interrogate tags with a reader on the drones. Either way, the answer is yes.

A few years ago, a company called Q Track put a transponder on a drone and flew it around the exhibit hall at our RFID Journal LIVE! conference. The company showed how it could track the drone’s location on a computer or tablet screen as it moved. An ultra-wideband (UWB) active RFID system could also track the drone’s location accurately.

We have also published a few articles about companies that have mounted a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader under the drone to locate tagged objects.

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I hope these articles are helpful to you.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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